Tex-Mex Cavatappi

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Baby Kato

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@BabyKato

This recipe has been posted for play in Culinary Quest - Tex Mex. Recipe found at website: foodandwine.com

Flavors of the Southwest—cilantro, lime, chili, and salsa—come together here on corkscrew-shaped macaroni. Chunky salsa works as a great ready-made sauce for pasta.

There are several brands of salsa on the market today. Choose according to your taste (mild, medium, or hot) and pick one of high quality; the finished dish will only be as good as your salsa. A smoked-chile variety would be a delicious possibility to try.

Rating:

★★★★★ 3 votes

Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Pan Fry

Ingredients

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    2 tablespoons cooking oil
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    1 pound ground beef
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    1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
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    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
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    1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
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    2 cups (one 16-ounce jar) chunky tomato salsa
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    3/4 pound cavatappi
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    2 teaspoons lime juice or red-wine vinegar
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    1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley
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    6 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
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    lime wedges for serving (optional)

How to Make Tex-Mex Cavatappi

Step-by-Step

  1. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in the chili powder, salt, and pepper. Add the salsa and simmer over low heat to allow the flavors to combine, about 10 minutes.
  3. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the cavatappi until just done, about 13 minutes.
  4. Drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce, lime juice, cilantro, and 1 cup of the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and serve with wedges of lime if you like.

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About Tex-Mex Cavatappi

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Southwestern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #Tex-Mex Beef


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